In a post back in early October, I mentioned Ellen J. Langer’s 1979 experiment in mind-body connection, in which she, in essence, mentally time-traveled a group of men in their seventies and eighties decades into the past, resulting in significant, positive changes in their physical health. I was so intrigued by this story that I immediately ordered Langer’s book Counter Clockwise. I’ve finally started reading it and it didn’t take long to come across a quote that went straight to the center of my soul:
The fact that something has not happened doesn’t mean it cannot happen; it only means the way to make it happen is as yet unknown.
As someone who believes that the (apparent) limits of the possible exist only to be exploded—as that quote over there on the left attests—I was delighted to come across such a powerful reminder of a truth I already know, but still, for all my efforts, sometimes forget.
In my book Imaginalis, the main character, Mehera Crosby, is guided on her adventure by words that many would dismiss as childish imagination: “Because it’s impossible, I’ll do it. Because it’s unbelievable, I’ll believe.” To me this isn’t an immature world view, this is the essence of our existence. For all the strangeness and suffering life can offer, it’s been my experience that we truly inhabit a universe of magic and miracles—one universe in a simultaneity of universes that we step into and out of with more frequency than we realize—and the more we acknowledge that, the more we realize that the sky isn’t the limit, that the only real limits are in our own heads, the more that magic will come alive for us. Respond to us. Transform the world within and around us. Just because something hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it can’t. If we keep our eyes wide, open to the endless impossibilities the universe has to offer, the miracles will come.
Feel free to remind me of that if I forget again. And I hope, in some small way, I’ve reminded you.
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